OK, so I haven’t actually read the Game of Thrones books, but I sure do enjoy the epic TV series. Naturally there are thousands of fans out there who have read the books, and thousands who haven’t. So right now the fans who haven’t read the books are loving every second, and totally shocked at every death and plot twist.
Those who have read the books have a good idea what’s coming, but it seems that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are more ad more staying from the source material.
Writer G.R.R. Martin has promised that he will have the books finished before the TV series comes to an end, but it appears that the TV series is catching up, and HOB are happily allowing the showrunners to begin their own approach to completing the story.
Fans admired how the first season stuck to the book almost page for page, but gradually the series (which is awesome by the way!) has been delving further from the books, and looking for its own conclusion. This could be due to the fact that George R.R Martin is taking so long to complete his tale.
Whatever the reason, HBO have confirmed a sixth season, and no doubt they will confirm a seventh and eighth when Season 5 breaks all sorts of records, but there is also talk of a feature length film to finish off the glorious series.
However it is decided to finish, from the sounds of it, it may not be the ending Martin intended.
Speaking to Showbiz411 at the WritersGuildAwards, Martin revealed that characters will die in Season 5 that do not die in the books:
“People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy. So everybody better be on their toes. David and D.B. (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss co-creators of ‘Game Of Thrones) are even bloodier than I am”
The show has already killed off a number of characters who are still alive in the books: Those included Jojen, Grenn, and Pyp, who died near the end of Season 4, and Daenerys’ handmaiden Irri, who was murdered all the way back in Season 2.
In addition, Robb’s TV wife Talisa fell victim during the Red Wedding, whereas her book counterpart Jeyne Westerling still lives.
R.R. Martin also spoke about the future of the TV series, albeit in a rather downer kind of attitude:
“Not really certain yet. This is the fifth season, the sixth season HBO picked up last year. We will have a 7th, 8th or 9th, no one knows. They only renew one or two seasons at a time. After we do season 6, maybe we’ll get a renewal for 7th and 8th. That all depends, Television is a very changeable medium.
It’s the hottest show on TV now, but will it be the hottest show on TV two years from now? Hot shows come and go and television changes, and I’ve lived through that before. I certainly hope that we get to tell the entire story. Because whatever happens with the show I’m going to finish the books, it will be seven books. But each of these books are 1500 pages long and they each have enough material in them for several seasons. I have two more books, the one I’m writing right now, ‘The Winds Of Winter,’ and after that the last book, ‘The Dream of Spring,’ so those will be the two final books. But we’re talking 3000 pages of material. How many seasons that translates too? That’s up to D.B. And David”